Thursday, 24 April 2014

LIFESTYLE: New Healthy Foods

I've been sent a few healthy options lately so I though it might be nice to put them all into one post! I was pretty impressed with most of them and would happily eat them again, not so much with others! 

Have You Heard Of Any Of These Before?
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KOJI is a new additive free drink in a pretty glass bottle, the rest of the packaging is simple and the drinks are only 49 calories each which is good! The actual juices are a lovely appetising colour, you know when you just look and it and think, that looks yummy! I just wanted to drink it regardless of what flavour it was. From the names, I expected my favourite to be the elderflower one and it was! Its so yummy although it has a little aftertaste similar to what you get from sparkling water.

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There was a very satisfying pop when I opened the jars for the first time! Both tasted great, I do love a bit of jam now and then especially strawberry but it was nice to try a new flavour too! It was packed full of fruit, alot more that a normal jam and apparently has a reduced amount of sugar in it.

One thing I did notice, it was very lightly set and would move around in the jar although that's the only bad thing I can say about it and it didn't really bother me. 


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Jim Jams Chocolate Spread is A No Added Sugar Milk Chocolate Spread - not that you would know any different - the smell when you open it is so strong and amazingly rich and indulgent first thing I did was grab and spoon and get stuck in haha yum! It's just as chocolatey but contains less calories and is better for your teeth! What more could you want from a chocolate spread?


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Goldenberry juice is the next big thing so I've heard. It tastes delicious and has a good source of Vitamin A which is good for healthy skin!

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

FASHION: Matalan Style Project

 This week, I was finally asked to take part in one of Matalan's style challenges, I've always wanted to have been asked since seeing them on lots of my favourite blogs!

Basically, Matalan pick four bloggers, give them £50 and a theme to style and outfit around. This time it was ART POP 

I picked this pretty little cami top - I love the print. I wear cami's all the time now but this is my first printed one, I like that its bold and easy to see, I'm not a big fan of tiny little ditsy prints. 

I also got a chance to push myself to try a trend that I would never normally go for - boyfriend jeans. I don't think I have worn any style other than skinny for five or six years now so I was a bit apprehensive but paired with heels they just fine, it just gives them a feminine touch.


Heels, Jeans & Cami - Matalan*
 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

FASHION: Thailand Style With Zatchels, Motel Rocks and Converse


Andrew photographed this look for me yesterday and I just love it. It is definitely going to be one of the outfits that I will be taking to Thailand with me. I had a bit of a scary realisation the other day that all of my summer clothes are crop tops and although that has been fine for England, and Maga and every where else I have been it might not be right for Thailand especially for visiting the temples and stuff like that. So this dress is one of the few outfits that I have started collecting that are a little more modest!

I also realised that I am going to need a big, strong bag - walking around the markets and doing all the kind of stuff in Bangkok! I was gifted this Zatchels satchel and it's perfect! It's a very sturdy, thick, leather and very safe with its two buckely bits. I'm going to need to keep all my stuff in there as well as Andrews, so it's a great size - Sunglasses, water, wallets, cameras, emergency snacks haha I also love its super cute holographic design - I found it in the kids section!

The whole outfit is finished off with my new pair of white converse which I am also planning to wear quite alot on holiday. As much as I love sandals I am quite scared about being in a new country with open toe shoes. I'm a bit weird like that haha I don't like wearing sandals when I go into London as I am scared that someone will stand on my toes so I'm pretty sure I will be spending all my time in Bankok in these!

P.S I'd love if you could vote for me in the Matalan Style Challenge this month!

Bag* - Zatchels
Dress - Motel Rocks
Shoes* - BANK

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Monday, 21 April 2014

FASHION: Good Friday Style

Since Andrew had Friday off (yey) we popped to the King William pub to meet friends for lunch. They ended up being late so Andrew and I ate there and had drinks with them after! The King William do my favourite salad and since I really don't like salad, it must be good! I take every chance that I go there to try to eat healthy and order the hoisin duck salad, its just so good! Andrew ordered a half a chicken and we shared chips and spinach. 

We love the actual pub, it's always light and summery in there, its a lovely place to spend an afternoon and it reminds me of where I used to live, since it at the end of my old road! There is also normally quite a big chance that you'll spot someone famous there, this time it was Joey Essex who turned up in a green hoodie, chinos with his ankles out and not matching green socks haha he did look a bit odd!

Anyway, here's what I wore

Top* - M&S
Jacket & Jeans - Primark
Shoes* - SpyLoveBuy
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Saturday, 19 April 2014

LIFESTYLE: Cake Card From SPONGE

This idea is pretty amazing! A cake card - yummy and a nice little surprise - I'm sure most people don't expect to receive a slice of cake in the post!

The process is very easy, you type up the text you want on the front and a message for the inside, next you pick from five flavors - chocolate, lemon, carrot, Victoria sponge or coffee and if the decision is just to hard then you could always add an extra slice to your card! I opted for a Victoria sponge slice as that is definitely my favorite cake!! There is also the option to add images if you fancy which is a nice personal touch!

My cake arrived a few days later and was surprisingly moist and yummy, alot nicer than you would expect! It was super sweet and one slice was perfect!  I know this is a bit strange but I was glad to see a use by date on the back of the cake too so I knew it was in date

Check out http://www.sponge.co.uk to order your very own!


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Thursday, 17 April 2014

BEAUTY: More Playboy Make Up - Lipstick and Polish

After the launch party last week, Playboy Make Up got in touch to ask if I'd like to try some of the polishes as well, of course I agreed as I was pretty upset that I didn't get a better look at them at the event! I was sent there two pretty reds. I'm not normally a fan of red, unless it's glitter, then I'm crazy for them. I think my dislike of the colour comes from growing up and watching all of my mums older customers go for red (she's a nail technician), it's just stuck with me that red is an old lady colour.

Saying that, this one is a great tone, it's a very bright, young, red! As for the other one - if there's glitter in it, I'm going to like it regardless.

The red polish is quite thin which is very odd because one coat seems to cover it enough. The glitter is a red glitter in a red polish so one coat will cover the nail although it if you the glitter thicker like I do then it's fine to keep layering up until you are happy.

I am actually really impressed with these two and will be looking forward to trying some of the other colours!
 They also sent me a few of the lipsticks which was very kind! All very pretty colours, again, bright and young and a great coverage. I also love the packaging.


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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

LIFESTYLE: Meeting Lauren Pope With JC Le Roux + GIVEAWAY


I had a real Essex girl day last week - I spent the day shopping at Lakeside with my mum before making my way into London to meet the girls, get on the party bus and drive into Essex for a night at Bar Blanco. Raleigh is a part of Essex that I haven't ever visited before but as soon as I got into the club it felt like home, it was just like the my end of Essex clubs, white sofas, sparkling wine and diamonté gems everywhere.

We sat down and popped open the first of many, many bottles of JC Le Roux - a bright pink bubbly wine, very Essex and with its very low percentage it took me at least 3 glasses before I started feeling a little tipsy, and that is saying a lot for me considering last week it was half a cocktail haha. Its very sweet and fruity and far too easy to drink! After the wine, the snacks arrived and we got stuffing our faces, that's when Lauren also arrived! haha she spent a while outside with the papz which gave us all a chance to swallow our food and straighten ourselves out!

We each got a little bit of time to ask Lauren some questions. I knew she lived very local to me but I was quite shocked to find out that she basically lives at the end of the road where I used to live, crazy! One question that I was burning to ask her was do the TOWIE girls really wear heels all day every day like we see in the show?! The answer is no - Lauren likes to lounge around in trainers or smaller more manageable heels, normally from Zara. She is obviously a big fan of Zara - she arrived in the new very popular eye print dress - looking lovely! She also told us the New Look was one of her favourite places for big jewellery!

After a little bit of questioning, we topped up our glasses and got comfy in our V.I.P booth before jumping in a cab home!

Thanks Team JC Le Roux for a fun night and for introducing me of one of my new favourite drinks! 
At the moment, it can be bought from Morrisons for £7.49 a bottle!

As for my outfit, It was put together last minute when I realised that the invite said #PinkParty. I am loving theses kind of smart origami shorts/skorts that are everywhere at the moment. The crepe style material is really comfy and keeps me cool! I paired it with a black crop and my big clumpy boots.

Crop - ASOS
Shorts* - RARE
Boots* - Missguided
I left the event with an amazing goodie bag full of pretty pink products! The JC Le Roux team have offered up another very similar goodie bag to giveaway to one of my readers - Just enter below!


 
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

LIFESTYLE: Cafe Nero Factory Tour


I recently got invited to the Caffé Nero roastary in Battersea to see how it all goes down. I was a bit unsure whether to go or not as I actually don't drink coffee, although that's not by choice, I love the taste and the smell but it makes me feel so terrible, I have a cup and ten minutes later I have a full on hangover, its horrible haha

Still, I'm glad I accepted the invite as I had a great night and learnt loads about the process! We got shown around the very noisy factory, through the whole process from bean to drink before learning how to make a perfect cup of coffee, trying each one and even some latte art! 

It was a super fun night and a great experience, coffee lover or not!

Thanks to Caffé Nero for inviting me and for the gift card too! I have been making good use of it! 


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Monday, 14 April 2014

BEAUTY: Superdrug's 50th Anniversary Polish - GOSH


So remember last week when I showed you some of GOSH's new products? I loved the style of the polish so much but just wasn't keen on the colour, so when I heard that they had released a few new colours for Superdrug's 50th anniversary I was very excited - so excited in fact that I had just painted my nails pink when the postman arrived with these. I couldn't resist.



They are all lovely pastel tones with the amazing matte little look, it reminds me of little tinted snowflakes or a sugar frosted cocktail glass. They genuinely got me excited and I cant wait to try out the other two colours, especially the blue, it looks perfect!



As I said before, one coat is more than enough and that is all I did in the photo below, I think they lasted around two days before they started to chip which isn't bad!



I have already had a go at removing them using my new Primark polish remover twist post, and they came off just as easy as a normal polish, That thing is a lifesaver.





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LIFESTYLE: Grow Wild Launch With Neon Jungle

I first heard Neon Jungle by chance a month or two ago, before I even knew I was listening to them. I had heard the band name but hadn't heard any of their music yet. Andrew and I were out driving in the country side somewhere for lunch and this crazy cool song came on over the radio. I loved it straight away and when we found out that it was Neon Jungle's Braveheart Andrew didn't want to admit it but he loved it too! It's just so catchy!

Another this I love about them is their style - One with blue hair, one with an undercut. They wear flower crowns, crop tops and co-ords - they are so on trend at the moment and I'm sure that all adds to their popularity, they just look like a fun, trendy group of girls that you really want to be friends with!

It's great that they are taking part in Lets Grow Wild and helping out with a good cause. Its such a nice charity as well, there are no sad stories or horrible images, its all about planting pretty flowers where ever you can in your area to help out the insects and other species that live in the plants!

Its as easy as sprinkling salt on your chips haha

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